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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Cumbrian man’s drunken attack on stranger and PC

A 32-year-old man escaped jail after he got so drunk on a night out that he repeatedly attacked another man but could not explain why.

Daniel Joseph Trevor Robinson, of Irish Street, Whitehaven, appeared at West Cumbria Magistrates’ Court and admitted assaulting Barry Joe Goodwin on May 2, and attacking a police officer who tried to arrest him.

Magistrates heard that Robinson aggressively approached Mr Goodwin, who did not know him, while he was walking along King Street with a group of friends.

A friend tried to restrain him but Robinson punched Mr Goodwin three times.

Mr Goodwin saw his attacker later in a bar and asked him what the assault had been about.

Robinson responded: “We going to go again?”

Outside later, Robinson punched Mr Goodwin a fourth time, bursting his nose.

Door staff intervened and police were called but Robinson ran away.

When he was caught by police, he kicked out at the officer trying to handcuff him, continuing after police had used a spray to incapacitate him.

Robinson later told police he could not remember anything between leaving the Sunny Hill pub earlier in the evening and police using the spray.

Stuart Pattinson, prosecuting, said he had told officers that somebody who ran away from police as he had done must have been guilty and asked them to apologise to his victims.

Robinson told the court: “I want to say I’m truly sorry. I’m totally embarrassed by my actions.

“It’s not like me. I was on a night out and I got too drunk.”

He added that he was experiencing personal problems at the time but that was no excuse.

Magistrates sentenced Robinson to 90 days in prison, suspended for 12 months.

He was also ordered to pay £100 compensation to Mr Goodwin, £50 to the police officer, whose watch was damaged, and £85 court costs.

He was given a 12-week curfew and 12 month supervision order.

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